Two of our language lecturers, Ana Reimão, (in Portuguese) and Hanna Magedera (in German) attended the “Innoconf15” on ‘Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University’ hosted by the University of Nottingham on 19 June 2015. The workshop started on the train in Sheffield when they were joined by four delegates from the University of Newcastle. Professor Zoltán Dörnyei (Nottingham) set the tone with his keynote on ‘Motivation and the Vision of Knowing a Second Language’ which was followed by papers on innovative teaching methods throughout the day and also practical sessions on teaching with the Sanako software led by company staff, before the closing keynote by Dr. Jan Hardman on ‘Engaging and motivating students (and yourself) through dialogic pedagogy’.
Hanna Magedera also gave a well-received paper on “The fours skills news project as an example of communicative language learning for levels C1 and C2”, foregrounding digital learning and teaching skills, a project carried out with undergraduate German students. The conference was extremely well organised with postgraduate involvement and university catering providing an attractive and tasty near all-vegetarian lunch buffet.